Frequently Asked Questions

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

We also strongly recommend any electric toothbrush, specifically Sonicare. These have a tendency to increase the surface area reached and patient brush longer because of the built in timer.

Is one toothpaste better than others?

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

How often should I floss?

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

When should I schedule my children’s first dental exam?

Without seeing any problems, you should schedule your child’s first visit around the age of three or four. We recommend that you bring your child with you for your routine exams and prophylaxis. We enjoy meeting them early and it helps build a relationship with them before their first visit.

Why do I need regular dental visits? Nothing hurts!

Many of use have the attitude that “if it doesn’t hurt, it must be OK.” Unfortunately, that’s how major problems begin. The most important thing you can do for maintaining a great smile is to have regular exams.

Checkups keep minor problem area from becoming major problems. Thins that you can’t see or feel yourself are often found by our Doctors through examination and x-rays. Early detection of a problem area can usually be treated quickly and effectively and at a lower cost than if the problem becomes enlarged or complicated.


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